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The Hobbit Pics Get Official Titles and Release Dates

As is his wont, filmmaker Peter Jackson has posted news on The Hobbit's Facebook page of the two-parter's release dates --December 14, 2012 for Part One of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and December 13, 2013 for Part Two.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 12:44 PM
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New York Asian Film Fest: Final 2011 Lineup

The lineup of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema's 2011 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which runs July 1 -14, includes 45 features and one short film each from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 10:40 AM
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Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades

Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades
While some of us were gallivanting around the south of France, others caught screenings of Matthew Vaughn's crack at the X-Men franchise, First Class, which boasts an appealing cast led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence and --for starters--strong reviews. The movie opens wide on Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 10:34 AM
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38th Telluride Film Festival: Maira Kalman's Poster Art Revealed

The Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5) chose Maira Kalman as the poster artist for its 38th year. New York-based Kalman has been working as a designer and illustrator for over 30 years. Of the poster she says:“High in the San Juan Mountains people gather each year to experience the unexpected: moving images from around the world that take them on journeys they may never have imagined. I wanted to capture some of these cinematic dreams directly on to the poster, the dreams I myself might encounter at the Festival.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 7:39 AM
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SnagFilms Launches 150 Free Documentaries on Roku

SnagFilms announces its launch on Roku. A collection of 150 of Snag's award-winning docs are available to stream on the internet TV platform. Snag CEO Rick Allen says that SnagFilms is continuing to fulfill their "mission of creating virtual movie theaters wherever film fans have high-speed connections, and making the best independent films available to the widest possible audience.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2011 5:15 AM
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Dark Shadows Update: Tim Burton Confirms "Weird Tone," Not in 3-D; Director's Exhibit Opens at LACMA

Tim Burton fans in Los Angeles can rejoice now that his LACMA exhibit is open (more details below, and here's a slideshow). The Wrap took the chance to chat with the director at the exhibition's opening. Of his Dark Shadows adaptation (currently in production), Burton says, "we’re sort of getting right in there." He confirms the project has a "weird tone," and will be somewhat soap-opera-esque (like the 1960s TV show that precedes it), but adds:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2011 4:57 AM
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Trailer Watch: Spy Kids in 4-D Stars Jessica Alba, Spy Dog

Robert Rodriguez has managed to keep the Spy Kids franchise fresh over a decade--and it has earned $485.2 million worldwide to date. This time, with fourth installment All the Time in the World (in 4-D!), he adds Sin City babe Jessica Alba as a stepmom with a secret--as well as a very talented dog. Opening date: August 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 2:31 AM
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Janice Min's Revamped THR: Is it Working?

While many Hollywood insiders are happy with Janice Min's revamped weekly print edition of The Hollywood Reporter, and the site's online traffic continues to surge, I still wonder about the underlying economics of the whole enterprise. (The NYT's David Carr basically drinks the Koolaid.) Both former Us Weekly editrix Min and former Vanity Fair exec Richard Beckman come from the world of high circulation New York glossy magazines and luxury advertising. That's the model they are chasing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 2:07 AM
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Rome Film Festival Announces Dates, Ennio Morricone Heads Jury, Clips

The sixth International Rome Film Festival will take place October 27 through November 4, 2011. Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone will head the jury, which also includes Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, said Rome Fest president Gian Luigi Rondi and artistic director Piera Detassis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Red Band Trailer for Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Feel Bad Movie of Christmas

Columbia, with its red band trailer of David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which has not been removed from YouTube, below), is selling edgy: "The feel bad movie of Christmas." Meanwhile, the trailer cuts together tantalizing glimpses of everyone in the movie--especially heroic leading man Daniel Craig-- but precious little of the girl we want to see and her dragon tattoo. Yes, there's a skinny naked torso as Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) takes off her shirt, and shots in the dark of a speeding cycle. At trailer's end, we get "she's coming," which cops to the fact that Salander is the draw here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:05 AM
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